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saw the pictures chris christie and president obama toured the storm-ravaged coast of new jersey yesterday. christie knows who was there to help when new jersey needed it. so now the big question is christie going to stay with the man he had previously endorsed or will he throw his substantial weight behind president obama? don't hold your breath. okay. we'll get into that and a whole lot more here on the "full court press." first, here she is with a current news update today lisa ferguson out in los angeles. good morning. >> hey bill. good morning everyone. campaign schedules are getting back on track today as romney heads to virginia and president obama has a very busy day ahead of him. first, he starts off the day in green bay, wisconsin for a rescheduled event that he had to cancel tuesday to deal with hurricane sandy. then he is off to nevada, colorado and ohio. yesterday, obama toured the aftermath of hurricane sandy in new jersey along with governor chris christie who had nothing but kind words for t
down. governor chris christie calling the damage unthinkable. in maryland, hundreds of thousands still without power. the resort town of ocean city hit with the worst of the damage. sandy, well, she's not finished with us yet, so where is the storm now and what are her plans for us? meteorologist rick reichmuth is tracking sandy in the extreme weather center. rick? >> greta, look at the size of the storm still, about 1500 miles across. if you go up across parts of maine and get across kentucky and across parts of georgia and south carolina, it's about 1500 miles. this is the big population zone along i-95 back towards chicago, the precipitation is less significant than last night. lighter rain, not like the heavy rain we saw yesterday. the snow is lighter as well. a couple of things you notice on the radar, still a couple problems. in right here across parts of new england now, there's been some very heavy rain and a bit of flooding and the threat for severe weather, even tornadoes across parts of new england during the evening hours tonight, but the snow continues to fall as well, and
if you've seen the words of governor chris christie. he had some high praise for the president. does that have any impact, a republican governor, and one who is quite popular within the party and certainly is quite colorful. does that have any impact at all on the race at this point? >> look. people understand that chris christie's job is to try to protect the lives, the families, and the property of the people of new jersey, and to try to turn around what's happened and get started in a recovery mode as fast as they can, and that one of the resources is the federal government. the federal government has a large program, particularly in the next few weeks, and so any governor of either party should treat the president with respect, and i can tell you when we dealt with bp oil spill and this administration, if we thought the administration or the government was not doing something well, we didn't go out and say it on television. we took it up with them quietly and said look, we think this is a problem. we think this needs to be changed. so it would be really bad governance for any gov
in the garden state, new jersey, chris christie, we already knew he was a very power governor and he wants to move it to november 3rd, so the kids can trick-or-treat on november 3 and my sons i know are watching, guys, you know the rules, the candy, you know, some for you, some for me. we'll have more. [laughter] and everyone, everyone, stick around. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you engineer a true automotive breakthrough? ♪ you give it bold new styling, unsurpassed luxury and neay 1,000 improvements. introducing the redesigned 2013 glk. see your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for exceptional offers through mercedes-benz financial services. new pink lemonade-benz 5-hour energy? 5-hour energy supports the avon foundation for women breast cancer crusade. so i can get the energized feeling i need and support a great cause? i'm sold. pink lemonade 5-hour energy? yeah and a portion of every sale goes to the avon foundation for women breast cancer crusade. i'm sold. new pink lemonade 5-hour energy. get the alert, energized feeling you need and support breast cancer research and access to
chris christie today. while super storm sandy continues on its path of destruction the area northeast of pittsburgh is the latest to get hit. leaving close to million pennsylvania residents without power. joining me on the phone in a fox business exclusive is pennsylvania governor. governor, thanks for coming on. i know you're spending the day in philadelphia and looking at power lines and talking to power line workers. what did you see there? >> we're in philadelphia up in northern bucks county talking to people at a shelter. we've seen a lot of areas without electricity. i've gone out to see some crews working on replacing the electricity. these are crews that came in from as far away as mississippi who came up here to help. there are a couple thousand people working on the lines in pennsylvania. i think our number now is down around 800,000 that were without electricity at this point. melissa: yeah. so how long do you think it will be before you can get power back to those customers? everybody who is sitting in a dark house right now who doesn't have hot water is wondering how many
and down the jersey shore with the jersey governor chris christie. republic and democrat working together. we'll have more on that in a minute. as you know this storm affected tens of millions of people up and down the east coast, as far as inland as chicago. the hardest hit states by far, new jersey and then new york. this is new video of an nypd helicopter crew rescuing stranded people off the roof of a house in staten island. the home surrounded by some pretty deep water. and, remember these pictures of the firestorm. breezy point section of queens. they are really stunning. it burned out of control for hours on the night of the storm. we'll take a look at these new and staggering aerials of the aftermath. about 100 homes in the middle class community burned to the ground. witnesses say it looks like a world war ii bomb attack aftermath. today, new york's governor and drew cuomo says the state is doing everything it can to help. >> i can assure you everyone is doing everything they can. they are all working very, very hard. but these are significant challenges that we're facing. and pr
this appearance tomorrow with governor chris christie. i'm sure not governor's intention to praise the president to point that many say he hurt the republican nominee mitt romney. but governor kristy looking out for -- chris christie said he is looking out for the folks in his state. commending speediness of support for new jersey. you have that image of them, touring a lot of the areas, atlantic city, maybe, some of the really hard hit areas, that will be an indelible image. >> there is nothing you can do about it, governor chris christie has done the right thing, and barack obama is president, you do not' to overdue the praise. but, i mean, you are right, a photo of barack obama with governor chris christie goes a long way. he is liked by a lot of independents in the united states i think that, i don't believe that storm will make people decide. one way or the another whether they are for obama or romney, it gets back to the economy. and you know what would hurt, president obama, is if stock market tanked -- there is that. neil: i wish we had more time, rolling stone article, getting talk that
in new jersey with governor chris christie touring some of the hardest hit areas of the state. is this brigantine, nng? this is certainly new jersey and we want to show you some of the other pictures if we can and take you back to the president and governor christie to get their statements as they spent the day today touring some of the worst and hardest hit areas of jersey. as we wrap up an ugly month meanwhile for wall street, the dow jones industrial average is down better than 3% on the month with the other major indices not faring much better. mandy drury is here with the october losers and a couple winners as well. >> absolutely. here are some great stats dug up by our cnbc crack data team. all three indices are breaking their four-month winning streak, as for the nasdaq 100, quite a lot of ugliness there on track for its worst october since 2008. it was october 2008 when it fell 16%. as for tech and telecom two of the worst performing sector this is month down more than 4%. apple for one is down over 10% for this month, and that is its largest monthly percentage drop ma
: president obama said it for the floor before the election. chris christie be just the ticket to boost president obama in the polls, we will ask lou dobbs. ashley: let's get to nicole petallides on the floor of the nyse. she is back in action. nicole: we are back in action. the boards of the nyse open and most folks made it here in some form. a smooth opening, some down arrows across the board for the most part but after two days of no trading we are back in action. most of the dow components have down arrows and focus duncan neiderauer, the ceo of the stock exchange, i asked him if they could open monday or tuesday and fear is what he had to say. >> we certainly could have operated electronically. what the industry told us sunday was please don't open electronically because we have to put a lot of our people in harm's way so let's not do that. i wish the industry and we came to decision sunday, we all made the right decision. it would have been irresponsible and dangerous to be open monday and tuesday. nicole: we will follow opening the reopening of the stock exchange. that headline o
to make landfall in one hour right near us. let me show you a picture. this is chris christie who is affected by this situation. he's speaking very positively of a democratic president. >> i thank the president for his telephone call inquiring about how things were going here and assured him that things were going well. so far he invited me to call him at any time if things are not going well. and so we'll make sure that we do that and appreciate the president's outreach today in making sure that we know that he's watching this and is concerned about the health and welfare and safety of the people of the state of new jersey. >> and, chuck, here's the president himself speaking on this topic of the weather today. here he is, president obama. >> this is going to be a big storm, a difficult storm, and the great thing about america is that when we go through tough times like this, we all pull together. we look out for our friends, our neighbors, and we set aside whatever issues we may have otherwise to make sure that we respond appropriately and with swiftness and that's exactly what
jersey and the president will tour the devastation with the chief executive new jersey chris christy. >> gretchen: when the president comes the city is shut down . the city can't have security detail and anything like that at all. but he will go to new jersey which is your home eric. >> i am trying to figure out why. i get it he wants to see the damage. please come can go and sign the check to help fema to sign over the money . chris christie was on saying that we have gotten acess to the funs we are going to need. i am not sure what touring the sight. >> steve: it is smart politics for the president. there is chris christie helping the people on the jersey shore. it is essentially politically if you talk about it he is coopting one of rom romm's visible surrogate and it is good for chris christie his state will go for barack obama example it is a win, win as the campaign starts today. chris christie was out and shook a lot of hand and a lot of people were waiting to see him there and there he was. watch this. >> you have to see the people that are affected by this. they need to see
and unthinkable. that's what the new jersey governor chris christie is calling the damage from the super storm sandy that slammed his state. and just look along the jersey shore. or what was. tonight, officials are blaming the storm for more than three dozen deaths across the country. and more than 8 million customers, not people, 8 million customers have no power. most of them in new york and new jersey. look at this map here. the damage from the monster storm extends as far as west as michigan. the blue areas are the flooding. the red is wind damage and the white, that's snow and lots of it. parts of west virginia have already gotten more than 2 feet of snow. the blizzard warnings are in effect in more than a dozen counties until tomorrow afternoon. new jersey, of course, took the direct hit from sandy just south of atlantic city. officials say the casinos are okay but the storm washed away part of the board walk there. and in other towns along the jersey shore. farther north just outside new york city emergency workers are using boats to rescue hundreds upon hundreds of people from homes th
, we talked about this being time for a national unity. chris christie yesterday, one of romney's chief surrogates, someone who has been vocal in his support for the former governor of massachusetts, had this to say about the president yesterday. >> yep. >> appreciate that call from the president. very proactive and i appreciate that type of leadership. i spoke to the president three times yesterday. he's been incredibly supportive and helpful to our state and not once did he bring up the election. if he's not bringing it up you can be sure that people in new jersey are not worried about that primarily if one of the guys who's running isn't. the president has been outstanding in this and so the folks of fema, craig fugate and his folks have been excellent. >> overwhelmingly positive assessment of the president. >> he's not just a romney surrogate, the keynote speaker of the republican convention we saw and just to put it in context, one of the major premise sis of the romney campaign is barack obama came to power promising to bring the country together and, in fact, mitt romney is the g
this guy is in charge. who would have thought that the october surprise would turn out to be chris christie who keynoted the republican convention, looked at what the president was doing, said he was incredible. if you saw it today, they asked are you still in contact with the president? he said, i'm talking with the fema guys all the time, they're doing everything they want. >> i think that's right. i acknowledge that on the show, bob shrum. i want to go to my friend, ed rogers. >> hey. >> that's when obama was on the beat. first he was in the white house in the oval office. then he traveled. then he walked with chris christie. okay. he was doing his job. now he's back on the campaign trail. i point i'm making, ed rogers, is this. the aftermath, you know, sandy is officially over. whatever that means. but the aftermath has been brutal. much more brutal than people thought. and it extends to almost a third of the country, ed. and somebody often takes the blame who shouldn't take the blame. obama's campaigning. who's taking care of these kids? >> sure. >> in staten island who horribly, tragi
important. this morning on fox and friends, chris christie, the republican governor, praising president obama. >> and at 2 a.m. i got a call from fema and signed a couple of declarations, and give credit to the president, on the phone with me, three times, and anything i've asked for and i thank the president publicly for that he's done as far as i'm concerned a great job for new jersey. charles: of course, chris christie is known as a straight shooter and argue that president obama has looked presidential during the storm so far, what do you think, david? >> well, all he has to do is do his job and it's not going to help or hurt him i think on the political front, it's a matter of just appearing that i've taken care of whatever the states have asked me to do. fema will have to do their responsibilities and we'll see how that plays out over the days. >> it plays for governor romney. both of these guys, you cannot ignore a fact a week from today is the election. charles: right. >> so, he has to do everything he can -- well, the president has to do everything he has to do. charles: how do
to the garden state to meet with governor chris christie and victims of the storm. that is where the storm made landfall. the president canceled a third day of campaigning to focus on coordinating the storm responds. traffic returned to the streets of manhattan as presidents returned to work in the subway system remaining crippled. could be days before service is restored. some bus service has resumed its sunday schedule. in washington d.c. the metro returned to normal weekday schedule for the first week following sandy. that is your fox news minute. connell: thank you very much. breaking news on the restoration of power since the storm. at the peak after sandy there were 8.2 million customers in different states had no power. the new number, 6.2 million without power. we're making progress slowly but surely. two million customers got their power back and bring the whole thing down state-by-state but just to give you an idea in new york there are 164,000 customers who had their power restored since the storm hit. new jersey where have the state doesn't have power 575,000 customers have had powe
the governor there, chris christie, came to loggerheads with the mayor, the democratic mayor of atlantic city because the governor said everyone clear out of the coastal towns including the famed and those prone to flooding, and the mayor essentially said, no, you don't have to, obviously the folks needed to be residued and they were vulnerable to the flood and it caused some problem between the two. what is if you are a citizen in a state where the governor, the mayor, might be arguing you might say the better part of valor is take the most cautious and safe stand, right? >>guest: not only the most cautious and safe but i would say this, the response to this disaster has been very good. it has been good. but when governor christie who is a great guy, and this mayor, who i don't know at all get into a spat that spat understoods to be done behind doors with one message sent to the public. at this time i encourage everyone and i am certain that mayor bloomberg could disagree because he thing he is in control of the city and he really is, the people ought to listen to the governor. let me tell y
and massive flooding turning the casino town into a raging river. governor chris christie calling the damage simply unthinkable. even before it made landfall the storm did not spare states further south. residents of maryland, delaware, washington d.c., in northern virginia among the millions of people up the coast all the way to maine without power. the superstore slamming into new york city, flooding in some ways and tunnels with record -- a record surge of seawater that breached the city's downtown electrical system, including that supporting wall street. the new york stock exchange and the markets closed for a second straight day with much of the city still paralyzed at this moment. the eastern seaboard literally littered with homes watched from their foundations, streets filled to the rooftops with cars filled with water. in one case, a blazing inferno in queens, new york, a blaze that destroyed more than 80 homes in one community. fema officials say, sandy is not anywhere near being over either end as of right now this storm is moving inland, and dumping more than a foot of snow in wes
the monster storm sandi. he will tour the damage with governor chris christie and thank the first responders. he visited the american cross headquarters and vowed america will get through this. >> this is a tough time for a lot of people millions of folks across the eastern sea board, but america is tough. and we are tougher because we pull together we leave nobody behind. we make sure that we respond as a nation. >> he wanted to visit new york city but mayor michael bloomberg said thanks but no thanks. he said now is not the time for the president to visit. mitt romney will head to florida with senate candidate ronny mac. he will head to ohio to help those in need. >> we have heavy hearts with major suffering going on in a part of our country. part of the american spirit the american way to give to people who are in need and your generosity this morning touches my heart and i appreciate what you have done. >> we are in the home stretch less than a week. 6 days left until the election. >>> new developments emerging in the benghazi terror attack. fox news sources confirming a tunisian man arr
's worries about leaking fuel in some still-flooded towns. new jersey governor chris christie is promising the area will be rebuilt. he says it won't be the same, though. >>> and further from the east coast, sandy will go down as a massive snowmaker. one ski resort in west virginia reported three feet of mostly heavy, wet snow that was blown by 60-mile-per-hour winds. the weight of the snow was too much for some trees, many of which collapsed across roads, forcing those roads to close. >> the scope is just unbelievable. >>> once again this morning, our broadcast is dedicated to the latest on the storm and its aftermath. >> and so, we begin with abc's mark greenblatt. he's in hard-hit lower manhattan this morning with the latest. good morning to you, mark. >> reporter: good morning to you. and most of the lights here in lower manhattan do remain out. but in a sign that life is at least beginning to get back to normal, in just a couple of hours we expect normal trading to resume on the floor of the new york stock exchange, after a devastating storm. it was another night of no lights and no p
and frequent obama critic chris christie. he has praised the president's response so far. on the other hand mayor michael bloomberg said no thanks to a drop by. >> i talked to the president today and you talked to his kief of staff today particularly about a trip here. i pointed out we would love to have him but we have things to do. i know he planned a trip to new jersey. i said it's fine it representeds the whole region. >> the white house says they concurred with that decision. yesterday he visited headquarters in washington not technically a campaign stop but a number of times he invoked his campaign seen forward. >> hutilities are going to have to lane forward. we are doing whatever we can to provide them with additional resources so we can expedite getting them up and running. newark, new jersey for example you have 80, 90 percent of people without power. we can't have a situation where... >> both the president and mitt romney are having to make difficult decisions in the days ahead amidst criticism he is cutting fema mr. romney refocused campaign events to serve as relief drive. >> p
with the army corps of engineers. liz: governor chris christie giving some good news but a backup generator did fail. clean water is available even in the hardest hit areas including atlantic city. fuel deliveries are increasing and waste treatment plants are operating. looking at the psychology of the market and all that is going on here. the closing bell rings 41 minutes. hurricane sandy could claim the future of chief executive from my capital may have been blown away. one ceo in the crossfire. ♪ bob... oh, hey alex. just picking up some, brochures, posters copies of my acceptance speech. great! it's always good to have a backup plan, in case i get hit by a meteor. wow, your hair looks great. didn't realize they did photoshop here. hey, good call on those mugs. can't let 'em see what you're drinking. you know, i'm glad we're both running a nice, clean race. no need to get nasty. here's your "honk if you had an affair with taylor" yard sign. looks good. [ male announcer ] dex office. now save 50% on banners. liz: and a market check look at apple down more than 1% as the new ipad did is hitt
. >>> coming up, an update on the storm response from new jersey governor chris christie. we'll also talk to chris matthews and david brooks about the state of the election with just seven days to go. >>> plus, author of the best-selling book "the perfect storm" will be here with his thoughts on yesterday's super storm. up next, mike allen with a top stories in the politico playbook. and we'll continue to bring you updates on the hurricane throughout the morning. keep it here on "morning joe." [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just finished a bowl of your new light chicken pot pie soup and it's so rich and creamy... is it really 100 calories? let me put you on webcan... ...lean roasted chicken... and a creamy broth mmm i can still see you. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. introducing the new droid razr maxx hd by motorola. now more than ever droid does. >>> let's take a look at the morning papers at 25 past the hour. "usa today," the total economic impact from the storm is expected to reach $40 billion from everything from property damage to lost economic activity
covering blocks and blocks and blocks of homes. chris christie said the level of devastation at the jersey shore is unthinkable. this is not far from the area where the coast guard will spend all day rescuing hundreds of people trapped by floodwaters. brian todd is on the scene with more. what are you seeing and hearing, brian? >> reporter: not all of them are victims from this incident. at just after midnight, a birm or a levee was breached by a tidal surge and water just came in within just a few minutes and pretty much engulfed those three towns. babies had to be pulled out. high clearance as you can see behind me the weather is still not very good here. in the school behind me, one of them, 9-year-old mill dread schwartz has lived in new jersey her entire life. i talked to her just as she got off one of the rescue vehicles. >> i never seen anything like this ever. >> can you describe what happened when the water came? >> we were sleeping. my daughter and i. >> hearing stories like that from victims all over the place here. many of them coming through this facility and they are just try
. governor chris christie spoke about the scope of the damage and recalled his childhood speaking with resiliency but resignation. >> we'll rebuild it. no question in my mine. for those of us who are my age it won't be the same. >> reporter: here's another look at those pictures we're watching from new jersey. 70 miles north of where we are where a fire has broken out, emergency responders have been stretched to the brink up and down the brink. one of the things that governor christie says he'll talk to the president about is getting the army corps of engineers here as soon as possible to start planning and rebuilding the beach. charlie and norah. >> just staggering. new york city is struggling to come to life after the storm. buses are running and roads are reopening but the subways are still closed. jim axelrod is in lower manhattan. jim, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the sea water that came over that wall and flowed into the underground power stations and subway stations has crippled lower manhattan. and new york city transit officials say this is the biggest disaste
new jersey republican chris christie has given the president high marks for his handling of the storm, but the recovery effort is just beginning. darren gersh, nbr, washington. >> tom: tomorrow on nbr, as wall street gets back to business, we'll be watching general motors as it releases third quarter results. the size and scope of sandy is difficu to comprehend at times. but a disaster like this has millions of personal stories of getting by during difficult times. >> reporter: this is bronxville, westchester county, new york, where the storm of a lifetime has turned this sleepy suburban community into a town of haves and have-nots. spaghetti-like electric lines, thanks to downed trees, have left hundreds of homes without power. and con-ed is saying it could take seven days before the lights turn back on. downtown onxville has power and is open for business. the local a&p is out of bread, but at topps bakery, there's plenty on shelves. and most importantly, there's still lots of coffee, because it's going to be a very long week. >> reporter: suzanne pratt, nbr, bronxville, new york. >
chris christie. the president also will talk folks recovering and to thank someance of the first responders. nationwide, gas prices dropped after the storm. average for a is $3.52. that is down for pennies from yesterday. 11 cents lower than a week ago. -- down 4 pennies from yesterday. get finally starting to following days of cancellations from hurricane audrey d.c. area airports philadelphiaston, flights coming in and out. is a different story. , completely under water, the runway. todayk did open with limited schedules. it is expected to get back to york by friday. amtrak trains are still not york city.o new there will be some service d.c. and new orleans and between d.c. and miami. from d.c. to chicago and vermont are cancelled today. officials continuing to assess the damage. >> tomorrow night the stars will gather in asheville for the cma awards. have the honor of carrie to the hosts, underwood and brad paisley. you are both nominated for awards. what is more nerve wracking, hosting or being up for the awards? >> i would not say it is much more nerve it is the bigger task
in even chris christie in new jersey, who he's touring with today, was very laudatory about the president. i don't think i can handicap this one way or the other who it would really help but it does take the campaign off the front pages for a few days, that's for sure. >> jim, we saw mitt romney in ohio yesterday helping storm damage victim, sort of blending the two, or did his campaign get put on hold? >> they're donating, instead of getting campaign know nation donations, they're giving it to the red cross. you have to be sensitive to what happened to the folks in new jersey and new york state. the president gets a break here, to be quite honest with you, because now he gets to fly to new jersey and do the photo op and pretend he's concerned about this. >> you're saying the president isn't concerned about americans? >> i'm not saying he's not concerned but if you look at what happened prior to the storm, he was running around america campaigning very hard and -- as was -- but my point was it wasn't working in the polls. his polls were going down so, this gives him the chance to be regal
governor chris christie. >> it's been one of our priorities to give these communities hit hard by the flooding the accessibility to act. act first. this is one of those times that uses one of my favorite sayings, it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. all right? [applause] charles: all rise judge andrew napolitano is here. they were posing questions to governor christie. somebody tried to sort of hit him like are you saying ignore environmental things, you know, that kind of stuff. you know common sense christie saying do the right thing, let's save lives and be smart and forget about all these rules. >> it is an interesting statement he made and an interesting juxtaposition you just showed. you have governor christie on the right of the political spectrum -- spectrum. you have the president on the left of the political spectrum, they are both saying forget the red tape, do what you need to do to save lives. which is probably what most people would do. the press conference, which i watched, was in front of government officials. they were applauding him when he sai
is scheduling to arrive in atlantic city to survey the damage alongside governor chris christie. this morning the associated press reports the storm killed at least 50 people. there are more than 8.2 million households still without power across 17 states. and many of the outages could last beyond election day. between damage to property and the economy, the total impact expected to reach a staggering $50 billion. the damage is perhaps nowhere worse than the coastline of new jersey where sandy came ashore laying waste to an amusement park and historic boardwalk at seaside heights. as for the airports, jfk, newark, they're expected to resume limited service this morning. the same cannot be said for laguardia. jetblue posted these photos of the runways submerged. more than 18,000 flights have already been canceled as a result of sandy. and police had to take to the air to save victims from rooftops in staten island after floodwaters surrounded their homes. they were loaded one by one into baskets before being hoisted to safety. now let's go to breezy point. a neighborhood of queens which looks
to the new jersey governor chris christie. he says it was his state that took it in the neck. we're going to update you on what's happening there, in new jersey, talking with the governor straight ahead. ♪ [ construction sounds ] ♪ [ watch ticking ] [ engine revs ] come in. ♪ got the coffee. that was fast. we're outta here. ♪ [ engine revs ] ♪ >>> welcome back, everybody. as we take a look at the aftermath for the state of new jersey in the wake of super storm sandy, we want to get right to new jersey governor, chris christie. he said his state took it on the neck. there's a rescue effort still going on in bergen county, new jersey. three towns have been severely impacted by a berm breach. from what i understand it's something like a levee. let's get right to the governor. thank you for talking with us. walk me through what exactly you know happened. >> sure. >> reporter: it looks like we're having -- it looks like we're have i having -- go ahead. yes i can hear you now. >> what happened this morning there was a natural berm that was holding back water. that berm was overwhelmed
be doing and he's got people like governor chris christie who has been very critical of the president saying the president has been all over this one and he deserves credit. i think the president is doing what he should be doing right now and it's a delicate situation for mitt romney. if he looks too political people will criticize him. i'm sure there will be plenty of liberals pointing fingers saying, he wanted to help. he went to ohio to send things to new jersey. by unless a tough spot. this is a time when public officials get to be public officials and candidates have to tread lightly. megyn: do you think people will criticize mitt romney for trying to get people to help. >> i think susan and i agree on many things. the critical thing is you can't look political. even the president who is the commander-in-chief who has an important role. the governors are out front and they are on the line, governors, mayors, and you have to be careful. you can't run around now and go to these states, these hotpots and bring air force one and the entourage in because you will be taking police and
seen. it will take weeks and months to recover. megyn: earlier today governor chris christie calling the devastation on the jersey coast unthinkable. parts of the seaside park are now in the ocean. we saw still photography showing the rollercoaster literally in the middle of the ocean. there are new reports that the ride has been entirely swept away by the storm surge. listen to the governor earlier. >> the pier at seaside park is essentially half washed out. the rollercoaster is now in the ocean. the second pier, the more southerly pier is significantly damaged and some of those amusements are now in the ocean. megyn: 2 million people remain without electricity in new jersey. the first priority is helping people still at risk. joining us is new jersey congressman chris smith who represents people living along the hard-hit jersey shore. you are touring with the governor to see the devastation. can you give us a feel for what you have seen and heard so far? >> the governor just left delmar. it has been devastated. i was in point pleasant earlier today. water is everywhere. boats on on
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